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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

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Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Pink Refractor 26/75 Rookie Auto BGS 9.5
19 bids - Price: $57.00 - Watchers: 40
Item # 151692417494
2014 Leaf Draft State Pride Superfractor Johnny Manziel RC Rookie AUTO 1/1
18 bids - Price: $192.50 - Watchers: 26
Item # 361306979308
2014 Immaculate Johnny Manziel Auto #/49
8 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 151694566848
2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR JOHNNY "MONEY" MANZIEL ON-CARD AUTO ROOKIE RC - BROWNS!!
14 bids - Price: $47.22 - Watchers: 24
Item # 201357337895
2014 Bowman Sterling Johnny Manziel Auto /99
6 bids - Price: $13.26 - Watchers: 23
Item # 151694569231
2014 CHROME MINI JOHNNY MANZIEL RC "MONEY MANZIEL" AUTO SP BGS 9.5 / 10 BROWNS!
13 bids - Price: $40.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 121659913239
2014 Topps Strata Johnny Manziel Clear Cut Emerald Patch Auto #'d /50 "Money"
12 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 151693344078
JOHNNY MANZIEL 10/10 $300++ ROOKIE ON CARD GOLD INK AUTO RC 2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR
9 bids - Price: $21.37 - Watchers: 20
Item # 351410850955
2014 NATIONAL TREASURES JOHNNY MANZIEL AUTO SILVER RC 14/15 BROWNS TEXAS A&M
15 bids - Price: $43.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 111678138660
2014 Panini Contenders Johnny Manziel RC Rookie Ticket AUTO BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
10 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 361307780134
2014 PANINI Certified Johnny Manziel BROWNS AUTOGRAPH AUTO PATCH JERSEY RC /199!
7 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 331565214253
2014 Topps Supreme Teddy Bridgewater Johnny Manziel dual rookie auto 4/15
18 bids - Price: $65.15 - Watchers: 18
Item # 331566157636
2014 National Treasures Johnny Manziel ROOKIE VERTICAL BOOK ON CARD Auto 48/99
6 bids - Price: $17.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 231576887276
2014 Panini FLAWLESS Johnny Manziel RC Rookie AUTO 23/25 Browns
5 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 361307896862
2014 Panini Spectra Johnny Manziel Rc Auto Jersey /149 Browns On Card
18 bids - Price: $16.75 - Watchers: 16
Item # 201354008966
2014 johnny manziel upper deck premier auto
22 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 261902900011
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES RC ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO MINT #01/15
6 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 391155650630
2014 Panini National Treasures Johnny Manziel Auto RC Dual NFL Gear #d 24/49
5 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 161715466512
2014 Topps Johnny Manziel Rookie Mini on card auto 35/150 Browns
12 bids - Price: $23.20 - Watchers: 14
Item # 331566143379